The San Jose Sharks continue to be among the top NHL teams discussed in trade rumors. From the CSN-California post-game broadcast Tuesday, March 12, to having Ryane Clowe mentioned in two specific rumors: NHL Trade Report on the same day to The Hockey News last Friday.
The reason for this is a trade makes sense. The inability of the Sharks to score is not an anomaly this many weeks into the season, and they are not winning anything without adding scoring touch, grit and/or speed.
Expiring contracts and a slashed salary cap this summer indicate the proverbial window will close for this team as currently constructed to win the Stanley Cup beyond 2013. The good news is that one trade enabled a title for a Los Angeles Kings squad that looked weaker in 2012 than the Sharks do now. Since prospects and picks can be replenished this summer, there is no point in giving up just yet.
There is no doubt San Jose needs a forward to take some of the scoring burden off the first line. The best forward on the market is presumed to be Jarome Iginla. With his Calgary Flames currently in last place in the Western Conference and the ability of a team that desperately needs a rebuild to re-sign an aging star, he may finally become available.
If ever Iginla would waive whatever no-movement clause is in his contract, it would be to play in San Jose. In addition to Team Canada line mates Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, it does not get better than a warm-weather (yet not hot) destination in front of a fervent fan base on a team already likely to make the playoffs. He has to believe that finally having a play-making center will enable him to win a Stanley Cup.
Iginla would help San Jose's need for scoring touch, net-front presence, and passion. He might even be an upgrade as a skater over his replacement, though he will not change the team dynamic in that regard.
Who cares that he would be a rental the team could not afford to re-sign? They were set to lose most of the talent they would be shipping off in addition to their one contract amnesty, and any extra money lost through Iginla's departure will only improve free agency flexibility in a buyer's market and hasten the rebuilding process.
But to get something you have to give something. Not much has changed in the three weeks since this analysis determined five assets the team could afford to trade. This list that includes why each component works for each team.